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Why You Should Attend ECSC: An Engineering Student’s Perspective

Today's ECS Job Blog is brought to you by Mary-Kate Mullinger.  Mary-Kate is a Chemical Engineering student graduating this May 2017.  She is currently the Kappa Theta Epsilon President.  

I know what an exciting time it is to be back on campus.  Your last summer internship is over, college friends are coming back to campus for their final first day of school, and the excitement of football season is here in full force!  With all of the campus hub-bub, it can be easy to overlook the next step in our lives- starting our first full-time job.  It is so important to take advantage of the fall recruiting process in order to set yourself up for success after your walk across the field at the 'Shoe.  But how can you best take advantage of the biggest recruitment season for employers?

You can start by attending the Engineering Career Success Conference (ECSC)!  This one day event on a Friday afternoon will set you up for success by allowing you the opportunity to polish up your job hunting skills just before the Engineering Expo.  With 70% of interviews taking place in the autumn semester, you need to be the candidate that stands out, and ECSC has opportunities to practice through networking roundtable sessions and mock interviews.

I was able to attend portions of the conference last year as a volunteer (an entire year before I was going to be using these skills) and gained invaluable knowledge that I know has already helped put me a step ahead as a job-seeker!  Taking the initiative to participate in ECSC shows that you’re engaged in your career enough to work on your self-development and learn best practices, which gives you an extra edge with the sponsoring and attending companies.

On top of the exposure you will get at the conference, the ECSC will also offer the following professional development opportunities:

  • Engineering Industry Panel: Get advice on how to stand out in the crowd at Expo, nail on-campus interviews, land the job offer, and more
  • Breakout Sessions: Choose from sessions about salary negotiation, technical and behavioral interviewing, financial wellness, LinkedIn, and many more
  • Employer Networking: Interact with company representatives through networking roundtable discussions, and set yourself apart from the competition one week prior to Expo
  • Optional Activities:  Professional headshots, priority resume reviews, and mock interviews

If you aren't quite convinced, also know that ECSC will provide lunch and appetizers on the day of the event, along with a padfolio and other job-hunting tools.  In addition, everyone that attends will be eligible to win raffle prizes throughout the day!

Okay, now you should definitely want to sign up HERE for the conference!

"It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference."
-Bear Bryant


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